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Kart king Matthew is on track to make it to the top

Hemel Hempstead's Matthew Hopcraft finished first in the Honda Cadet class at Shenington.

Hemel Hempstead's Matthew Hopcraft finished first in the Honda Cadet class at Shenington.

Hemel Hempstead youngster Matthew Hopcraft produced a brilliant performance at Shenington as the Team IPK speed demon once again showed his promise at a high-class meeting.

Thomas Coram School pupil Matthew, 12, always looked likely to grab a podium finish in the Honda Cadet class but his drive in the final to claim victory showed real maturity.

Heat finishes of first and third put him on the front row of the grid for the final and he bided his time before making a decisive overtake on the penultimate lap.

The latest victory puts Matthew firmly in the lead of the Shenington Kart Club Winter Championship and will give him great confidence as the season hots up

He finished in 10th place in last season’s Super One competition and is looking to impress in this year’s British Championship campaign.

Matthew’s dad Nigel said: “We are hoping to mount a challenge for the title in 2013.

“Our budget is limited compared to our main rivals but Matthew looks in good form and we are excited about his prospects.”

The British Championships start in April at the super-fast Wigan Three Sisters circuit. Matthew already has some backing from the Rogue Racing kart track in Aylesbury but needs sponsors to assist him with this year’s championship bid.

To follow his progress, follow Matthew on twitter @matthewhopcraft or email nigelhopcraft@gmail.com

 

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